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MANDATE

CORE MANDATE

The .ZA Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA) is a not-for-profit company that administrates the .ZA namespace.

.ZADNA is statutory regulator and manager of .ZA – the Internet country code top-level domain for South Africa. .ZADNA is mandated to:

  • Administer, regulate and issue licenses in terms of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2002).
  • Comply with international best practice in administration and management of the .ZA namespace.
  • License and regulate registries.
  • License and regulate registrars for respective registries.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSACTIONS ACT 25 OF 2002
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EDUCATION & AWARENESS

As part of ZADNA’s mandate, the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act 25 of 2002 stipulates that as part of functions of the Authority, ZADNA should “enhance public awareness on the economic and commercial benefits of domain name registration”. Through the .za education and awareness, ZADNA strives to empower the .za communities with skills and knowledge about the Domain Name Systems Industry (DNS), stimulate .za domain name registrations growth, and ensure that South Africans choose .za as their preferred online presence.

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RIGHTS & PROTECTION

ZADNA highly values the protection of intellectual property and other rights in the registration of .za names. This kind of protection means that the .za namespace can be trusted. To achieve this goal, ZADNA has an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process that is intended to allow aggrieved parties to lodge disputes of .za domain names, and have their disputes resolved in a faster and more cost- effective way than courts of law. A domain name dispute is a dispute regarding a registered domain name. Such a dispute is between a complainant and a person who registered a domain name (i.e. registrant). According to the ADR regulations, the basis of a domain name dispute can either be an abusive or an offensive registration.

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INTERNET GOVERNANCE

The ZAIGF is a multi-stakeholder forum of actors predominantly from the ICT sector. It was established in September 2011 for the purpose of developing a coordinated and coherent approach to dealing with Internet Governance issues in South Africa. As indicated in the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, the management of the Internet should be "multilateral, transparent and democratic, with the full involvement of governments, the private sector, civil society, and international organisations".

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